owenmakesstuff turned 2 today!
Whaaaaaaat?

owenmakesstuff turned 2 today!

Whaaaaaaat?

I remember reading this (and liking his writing) and seeing it like… a call to action, I guess? Like a “You’re not angry about the way that rich people have fucked over the people in this city? BE ANGRY.” But you have a point about the image thing.

I totally see that. The problem with that interpretation for me is that it leaves you angry but with no hope or avenues for channeling that angry. It leaves you with nothing but the hopelessness — the city is already dead.

Had to get my car inspected for Canadian importing… and it turns out I have to have $1300 of repairs done by Saturday.

So there’s that.

50 Book Challenge 35/50
The 9th and 10th graders at my school are reading this in a History of Detroit class. They’re really liking it so far, but I’m sure a lot of that has to do with being given a book in class that contains swear words. The book’s been on my to read list for a while now, although I wasn’t sure about it after my brother-in-law read it and told me a little about it.
The title really tells you all you need to know. This is half-memoir, half-reporting by someone who is from Detroit and believes the city to be already dead, as the name “autopsy” implies. There’s one paragraph about a quarter of the way through that acknowledges all of the good things happening in the city, then immediately brushes those things off because they’re not newsworthy. 
The writing is excellent. It’s crisp and evocative and easy to read. LeDuff has a talent for marrying personal narrative with fact-based reporting. In many ways, this book was interesting and enjoyable. But to think it’s a fair picture of the city is wrong, and I always get nervous about books like these. As someone who works in the city every day with kids from the city, strictly negative press about Detroit — the ruin porn and the vultures — are easy to balance with my lived experience. But for someone who only knows Detroit from the headlines, best-sellers like this cement a certain image in the public’s mind.
Maybe that’s ok. Maybe LeDuff’s image is the right one. I just don’t want to believe it.

50 Book Challenge 35/50

The 9th and 10th graders at my school are reading this in a History of Detroit class. They’re really liking it so far, but I’m sure a lot of that has to do with being given a book in class that contains swear words. The book’s been on my to read list for a while now, although I wasn’t sure about it after my brother-in-law read it and told me a little about it.

The title really tells you all you need to know. This is half-memoir, half-reporting by someone who is from Detroit and believes the city to be already dead, as the name “autopsy” implies. There’s one paragraph about a quarter of the way through that acknowledges all of the good things happening in the city, then immediately brushes those things off because they’re not newsworthy. 

The writing is excellent. It’s crisp and evocative and easy to read. LeDuff has a talent for marrying personal narrative with fact-based reporting. In many ways, this book was interesting and enjoyable. But to think it’s a fair picture of the city is wrong, and I always get nervous about books like these. As someone who works in the city every day with kids from the city, strictly negative press about Detroit — the ruin porn and the vultures — are easy to balance with my lived experience. But for someone who only knows Detroit from the headlines, best-sellers like this cement a certain image in the public’s mind.

Maybe that’s ok. Maybe LeDuff’s image is the right one. I just don’t want to believe it.

So I realized the other day that I posted about the play I helped write winning awards but I literally never mentioned anything else about it before that??

So yeah. I spent a year with one of my best friends writing a play. It started off as half a joke, then she thought “no let’s actually do this.” She’s the kind of person who often has hair-brained ideas, so the first time she called me seriously and said “what if we wrote a play???” I was mostly humoring her when I said “sure let’s talk about that.” But then somewhere along the lines I was just as invested as her?

Anyway, it’s a one-act, one-woman play about my friend Julia’s life and transition. It started off as a fundraising attempt for her surgery but it has evolved into a stand-alone show that has now played in 4 theatres in our area, won two awards, and was called “witty and provocative” by a theatre critic who obviously has great taste. It’s the story of a girl struggling to find herself, and realizing that it doesn’t matter what your packaging looks like if you love yourself and have conviction of self.

We called it Please Give Me Your Money So I Can Buy a Vagina.

mayqueen517:

hobbitingaround:

I’m not the first to make this joke and by god I won’t be the last

OH MY GOD

Reblogged from angry science feminist

ofelrond:

'wehhhh i dont like tauriel she's so cliche she's pretty AND a perfect fighter AND guys want her AND she has healing skills she's too perfect it's unrealistic'

here is a list of things for you to consider, friend

  • have you met aragorn
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fleurdulys:

The Artist and His Model - Alexei Harlamoff 
1875

fleurdulys:

The Artist and His Model - Alexei Harlamoff

1875

Reblogged from Yeah Write
Tags: beautiful art
assbutt-in-the-garrison:

alljustletters:

leonibuki:

so this is an thing that happened ?? this is my family picture (im the one of the far right btw)
it got posted on both 9gag and also reddit by an unknown weirdo who probably got it from my sister’s fb
but don’t worry though we actually have no problem with this at all ! reading the comments has been the funniest thing ever so keep it up





your entire family looks incredibly attractive and glamourous and i am so angry about that


omg this family is GLORIOUS

assbutt-in-the-garrison:

alljustletters:

leonibuki:

so this is an thing that happened ?? this is my family picture (im the one of the far right btw)

it got posted on both 9gag and also reddit by an unknown weirdo who probably got it from my sister’s fb

but don’t worry though we actually have no problem with this at all ! reading the comments has been the funniest thing ever so keep it up

your entire family looks incredibly attractive and glamourous and i am so angry about that

omg this family is GLORIOUS

buizel:

smellynerd:

im starting to see those “dont use ouija boards for fun they are very dangerous!!!!!!!” posts and id like to ask everyone who reblogs them what its like to be a fucking nerd

this is exactly the kind of post a ghost would make to trick you into using a ouija board. look out kids, the spoops are gettin crafty.

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